April 2022

Kirk Haworth’s plant-forward ideology welcomes the spring season with open arms. For this recipe, Kirk gathers a beautiful contrast of vegetal textures and flavours to arrive like spring itself on your plate. Venere black rice will bathe in a wonderful vegetable stock, releasing its characteristic scent of freshly baked bread as it cooks.

A smooth butterbean sauce, enriched with extra virgin olive oil and smoked sea salt, will luxuriate beneath the fricassee of white asparagus and baby artichokes. The sweetness of their caramelisation will harmonise with the savoury plenitude of the beans. 

Pan blistered little gem hearts, and crisp pink radicchio leaves offer refreshing bitterness, as wild onions invigorate with their pungent aroma. This is a celebratory dish with real depth, nuance and subtlety of flavours. Spring has officially sprung.

bring the sommelier to your table

Matthew Jukes, our wine pairing expert has paired this dish with a 2020 Azevedo, Vinho Verde Reserva, Quinta de Azevedo from Portugal.

Click the waveform below to hear about this pairing.

this month's playlist

*Wait...I know this one*

Sampling. Arguably a musical phenomenon that’s been around since composers first put quill to parchment. The practise was popularised through musical “quotations”, amongst flurries of virtuosity, in dark jazz clubs and truly solidified through the stratospheric rise of turntable-based hip hop starting around the 80s. Depending on who you ask it’s either a glorious revolution that’s helped shaped our ideas of what modern music truly is - or literal theft.

Regardless of opinion the way sampling has influenced the music of today is utterly undeniable. Listen to the first track in this playlist for evidence of that: if it sounds familiar you may have heard one of the 5000+ tracks that have sampled it’s famous drum break.

So here’s to the unsung heroes of modern music, raise a glass and see how many samples you can spot.

...about our music.

Our series of playlists are designed to accompany you all the way from the cooking, to the dining. Taking you on journeys that are a mixture of both the familiar and the adventurous, just as our menus are.

No more letting food get cold while you decide what to listen to, we have got you covered.

Compiling the playlists is Matt Farthing, a multi-disciplinary instrumentalist, composer and sound designer whose music and compositions have been played on radio stations as far ranging as Classic FM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 1 Xtra.